A traffic accident, whether it takes the form of a multi-vehicle pile-up, a single-vehicle crash or contact with a bicycle or a pedestrian, is a serious incident for anyone involved, especially if it leads to injury or death.
Regardless of whether any criminal charges are filed, any driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident may be liable to the victim’s loved ones for compensation and damages resulting from actual medical expenses and pain and suffering. An attorney who has experience in bringing wrongful death lawsuits will be helpful determining what recourse the loved ones may have.
Determining what caused an accident can be the most effective way of getting answers to victims and families and help them make decisions about their futures. Unfortunately, some parties leave the scene of an accident in an attempt to avoid accountability and rob authorities and victims of information crucial to the investigation. A recent fatal accident in San Antonio, Texas, provides a somber example of how this can happen.
In the early hours of the morning a warehouse worker stopped to pick up trash as he crossed an intersection. A red van crossing the railroad tracks at the intersection hit the man and he died on the scene from head trauma.
The truck driver did not stop after striking the pedestrian, but kept on going to his home. A tip to the police led to the driver’s identification. His questioning may lead to criminal charges for hit-and-run driving and even more serious criminal charges due to the death of the victim.
People who leave an accident scene can be among the most negligent and reckless drivers on the road, regardless of what other factors contributed to an accident. Fleeing the scene of a crash can leave victims without help for longer periods of time and such behavior suggests that a driver is more concerned with escaping blame than the lives of victims.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents and their families should remember that they have the right to speak with an attorney to better understand their rights. In many cases, legal support can help families and authorities identify acts of negligence and hold the appropriate parties accountable.
Source: San Antonio Express-News, "Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash ID'd," Alia Malik, June 18, 2014